From staff reports
The Louisville Municipal School District Board of Trustee’s covered a lengthy agenda April 8 and kicked off the meeting with recognition of the parents in the district.
The trustees and district recognized a parent from each school who volunteers and devotes time to the school to help their children as well as all the other students.
The district recognized as parents of the year: Samantha Dickerson representing Fair Elementary, Amy Fulton representing Eiland Middle School, Tabatha Knowles representing Louisville Elementary, Angela Evans representing Nanih Waiya, Bubba Pierce representing Noxapater and Cully Hudspeth representing Louisville High School. As part of the recognition, Fulton was also named District Parent of the Year.
A representative from each school thanked the parents and extolled the hard work each one provided to the schools and children.
“It is parents like you that help move our district forward,” said School Board president Cathy Edwards.
Board member Sheila Hickman added that she knows as a former teacher the importance of having parents involved in the child’s educational process.
LHS parent Hudspeth noted that he and the other parents know it is about encouraging all the children. “You never know the affect you can have on these children,” said Hudspeth.
Eiland Middle School Gym
The board approved the full bid for all portions of work for repairing the Eiland Middle School gym. The first portion of the bid covered replacing the gym floor, gym roof, and repainting the building. The bids also included three alternate choices adding onto the work which included double A/C units for the gym, roof protection tiles, and bleachers. The board approved the base bid and all alternates with an investment of about $400,000 in the gym.
“This (the remodeled gym) could be a shining light for the school,” said Superintendent Ken McMullan. “Now is the time to do it if we are going to do it.”
“We have to spend money to make this better,” said Edwards. “This is for the children.”
In other business, the trustees:
- Approved cash balances, fund balances and the monthly financial reports.
- Approved advertising for supplies.
- Approved advertising for two ovens awarded through a grant.
- Approved policy for instructional management.
- Approved selling 8 acres of land at Gumbranch.
- Discussed the Star Reading and Star Math results which are helpful in predicting student scores on the state test. Penny Hill reviewed the data and how the staff are addressing the concerns. “We can not let the second graders get behind in reading,” said Hickman. Hill noted that those reading scores are a focus of the staff.
- Approved annual vocational education plan.
- Reviewed state audit of the district. Superintedent McMullan noted that the district was addressing all the findings. The audit did note that the board went into an improper executive session to discuss the hiring of consultants who are not considered personnel for the personnel section of the law.
- Approved reemployment of the district staff.
- Approved nine resignations with several retirees and others moving out of the district.
- Approved hiring M.C. Miller back as head coach for LHS as a part-time staff member.
- Approved adding days to counselor contracts.
- Approved 2 literacy and one math coach for the district.
- Discussed the two pre-k classes in place.
- Approved new salary guidelines for assistant principals.
- Set school tours for interested county persons for April 23. This is a good opportunity to showcase to the community our schools outlined McMullan.
The next regular meeting is set for May 13 at 5:30.